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Bruise Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    bruise n : an injury that doesn't break the skin but results in some discoloration [syn: contusion] v
  1. injure the underlying soft tissue of bone of; "I bruised my knee" [syn: contuse]
  2. hurt the feelings of; "She hurt me when she did not include me among her guests"; "This remark really bruised me ego" [syn: hurt, wound, injure, offend, spite]
  3. break up into small pieces for food preparation; "bruise the berries with a wooden spoon and strain them"
  4. damage (plant tissue) by abrasion of pressure; "The customer bruised the strawberries by squeezing them"
Bruise Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Bruise \Bruise\ (br[udd]z), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bruised (br[udd]zd); p. pr. & vb. n. Bruising.] [OE. brusen, brisen, brosen, bresen, AS. br[=y]san or fr. OF. bruiser, bruisier, bruser, to break, shiver, perh. from OHG. brochis[=o]n. Cf. Break, v. t.]
  1. To injure, as by a blow or collision, without laceration; to contuse; as, to bruise one's finger with a hammer; to bruise the bark of a tree with a stone; to bruise an apple by letting it fall.
  2. To break; as in a mortar; to bray, as minerals, roots, etc.; to crush. Nor bruise her flowerets with the armed hoofs. --Shak. Syn: To pulverize; bray; triturate; pound; contuse.
Bruise Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Bruise \Bruise\, v. i. To fight with the fists; to box. Bruising was considered a fine, manly, old English custom. --Thackeray.
Bruise Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Bruise \Bruise\, n. An injury to the flesh of animals, or to plants, fruit, etc., with a blunt or heavy instrument, or by collision with some other body; a contusion; as, a bruise on the head; bruises on fruit. From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises. --Isa. i. 6.
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A bruise, also called a contusion, is a type of relatively minor hematoma of tissue in which capillaries and sometimes venules are damaged by trauma, allowing blood to seep into the surrounding interstitial tissues. Bruises can involve capillaries at the level of skin, subcutaneous tissue, muscle, or bone. A bruise may be named by the length of its diameter as an ecchymosis (1 to 3 cm), purpura (3 mm to 1 cm), or petechia (< 3 mm), although these terms can also refer to internal bleeding not caused by trauma.

As a type of hematoma, a bruise is always caused by internal bleeding into the interstitial tissues, usually initiated by blunt trauma, which causes damage through physical compression and deceleration forces. Trauma sufficient to cause bruising can occur from a wide variety of situations including accidents, falls, and surgeries. Disease states such as insufficient or malfunctioning platelets, other coagulation deficiencies, or vascular disorders, such as venous blockage associated with severe allergies

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* A torn jacket is soon mended but hard words bruise the heart of a child. - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

* A gentle word is never lost...It cheers the heart when sorrow-tossed, And lulls the cares that bruise it. - Hastings


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